- Associated Press - Monday, July 18, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - The monsoon has returned, bringing heavy rain and high winds to parts of the Phoenix metropolitan area.

Sky Harbor International Airport officials say lightning, heavy rain and strong winds caused a 30-minute ground stop around 6:30 p.m. Monday.

There also are reports of street flooding and some downed trees in the Phoenix area along with scattered power outages. Arizona Public Service and Salt River Project officials say electricity should be restored soon.

Phoenix Fire Department officials say crews brought under control a wind-driven second-alarm fire south of the downtown area after a transformer blew and caused a fire in a junkyard.

Arizona’s traditional monsoon season runs from mid-June to the end of September and is characterized by thunderstorms that stir up dust storms or rain.

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